Three Mile Island nuke disaster in ’79 was a day like no other. Until now.

It wasn’t Japan, it wasn’t Chernobyl. “The world has never known a day quite like today,” the somber network news anchor said. “It faced the considerable uncertainties and dangers of the worst nuclear power plant accident of the atomic age.” … Continue reading

Meltdown fears continue but cyberspace and cable news often filled with bogus information.

Radiation is terrifying to most people. And the less you actually know about it, the more frightening it can be. Watching what looked like an endless Hollywood production of carnage in the coastal communities of northeastern Japan as they were … Continue reading

Union members put human rights and lives above asbestos jobs

Children protesting in the streets of Indian villages and outrage voiced by physicians and human rights activists have not stopped Canada from shipping deadly asbestos to developing countries. But one of Quebec’s most powerful unions says it will no longer … Continue reading

Does anyone in Washington realize that people will die if these budget cuts are instituted?

The round-the-clock nattering on cable channels and blog sites about the often politically motivated desire to slice the federal budget drowns out this reality: Lives will be lost if these cut are made. You have to wonder whether the Republican-controlled … Continue reading

Exporting Death: Rejuvenating Canada’s Last Asbestos Mine

ASBESTOS, Quebec – There appears to be a scientific miracle happening about 75 miles north of the U.S.- Canadian border and it’s angering hundreds of physicians and public health workers around the globe. Politicians, entrepreneurs and bureaucrats in Quebec insist … Continue reading

Tis the season to be a bit worried about TSA’s X-ray safety claims.

Let’s start with the bottom line. If the hundreds of full body X-ray scanners that TSA is using at airports across the country are operating safely, the travelers passing between the two walls of the devices are receiving the same … Continue reading

A ringside look and score card for the BPA battle

Natural Resources Defense Council’s senior scientist Jeniffer Saas has cranked out another of her easily understood explanations of complex scientific brouhahas. She lays out the efforts of both sides in the seemingly unending battle to eliminate bisphenol A from consumer … Continue reading

Needle-haters rejoice and developing nations may get a better shot at scarce vaccines.

A vaccine delivered by a nanopatch works as well as one delivered with a needle and syringe, but is pain free and uses 100 times less medication, according to researchers from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. “Because the … Continue reading